Wonder why you can’t afford a home?

Think about the last time you got a raise. Was it significant? Even if it was, was it 53% significant? Likely not.

Go back and recall what you were earning five years ago. Now consider this information that comes from data from New Jersey Realtors. In 2019 New Jersey’s median home selling price was $337,000. Five years later it’s $513,000.

Andrii Yalanskyi
Andrii Yalanskyi

That’s an increase of 52.5%. That’s also known as insane.

If you’re a young couple struggling to afford a first home you may have been feeling defeated. Considering runaway home prices in the Garden State are far outpacing pay increases you should know plenty of people are feeling your frustration.

One of the biggest factors in all this has been inventory. More people wanting to buy a home than there are homes available for sale. It’s basic supply and demand. When demand exceeds supply you can get away with outlandish pricing.


Is it likely to get better soon? Doubtful. A report just came out from Realtor.com data that fewer new homes were listed last month compared to a year earlier. Almost 6% fewer than in January 2023. So that ugly trend continues.

What can a buyer do?

In my opinion you either wait it out for the market to change or you compromise. Expanding your search area to include more affordable towns can mean long commutes. Compromising on number of rooms and square footage can mean kids doubling up on bedrooms or giving up on making that finished basement an entertainment area and using it as your master. No great solutions.

Gee, why is New Jersey the number 1 moved away from state?

LOOK: Here's where people in every state are moving to most

Stacker analyzed the Census Bureau's 2019 American Community Survey data to determine the three most popular destinations for people moving out of each state.

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LOOK: Counties with the highest unemployment in New Jersey

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with the highest unemployment in New Jersey using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in November 2023.

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